Avoiding Self-organized Extinction


No previous PowerPoints created can be used. The same PowerPoint created for another course cannot be used. No PowerPoint Templates can be used. Must be original, your own work. Will be submitted through “Turnitin” for grading. (Percentage of sources used should be approximately 30-35%.)

  • Beginning now provides you sufficient time to research and create a great PowerPoint Presentation. Please decide on a topic you would like to do your PowerPoint presentation on and submit the topic to me by the fourth week of the course for approval.  You will choose a topic and provide why you choose this topic and why you believe it will benefit your learning experience in the POM program or your career path. Must be a professional topic: Work, career, business, or an educational related topic. Once the topic has been approved, begin researching the topic and creating your presentation.
  • The presentation must be at least ten (10) to twelve (12) slides in length. In addition to the slide for citations. (Slides cannot just be an image, or Heading with an image; must have some content)
  • You should incorporate as many of the various functions you have learned throughout the term such as: pictures, images, borders, colors, themes, bullets, style, charts, tables, SmartArt, etc.  This also includes Chapter 8 “Add Sound and Movement to Slides”.
  • PowerPoint must run automatically. (See Chapter 10)
  • Please create your presentation in a professional format, yet interesting, to draw-in and keep the attention of the audience.
  • First, create an outline of your topic, incorporating the subjects and information you want to present. The various subjects will become your slides in the presentation. The outline should include additional detailed information on the topics from the research completed. The outline is used as a prompt for the presenter as they are delivering the PowerPoint to an audience.
  • Outline must be in proper outline format as a MSW document. Roman Numerals, letters, etc. Outline format example is provided.
  • The outline and the presentation will both be submitted for a grade.
  • Provide Works Cited from the material researched and used within the PP presentation.
    • Include Works Cited as the last slide of the PowerPoint – proper MLA format.
    • At least Four Citations are required (proper MLA format)
    • Also include at the bottom of the Outline page.
  • Keep in mind the PowerPoint presentation should only highlight the information of the topics. The audience should be able to quickly view and grasp the subject being presented on the slides. As the presenter, you would then provide further details and expand on each slide topic during the actual presentation.
  • The PowerPoint slides should not be in sentence form but should be short statements. Audience should not have to read slides of all the material but be able to view quickly and pick out the main points. The presenter then fills in additional information to the audience, using the outline as an informational prompt.
  • Too much information on the slide defeats the purpose of a PowerPoint.
  • You will be graded on the PowerPoint presentation format, appearance, informational material, creativity, clarity, flow of the slides, graphs/charts, pictures, animations, music, sound, and the overall creation of presentation. Proper professional formatting is required. Presentation must run automatically.
  • Submit the PowerPoint Presentation and the Outline in separate tabs.
    • PowerPoint Presentation will be submitted through the Turnitin program. (shows in the Final Exam Unit when it opens.)
    • The Outline (proper format and MSW document) will be uploaded and submitted.
    • Both will be submitted the week of, or on the due date of the Final Exam.
  • No late submissions will be permitted for the final exam assignments as the college designates a deadline for grade submissions.


  • Include the Works Cited slide at the end of the PowerPoint, as the last slide. Below is an example of MLA Works Cited.
    • All sources used for a project in MLA format as a Works Cited page.
    • MLA citing format often includes the following pieces of information, in this order shown below.
    • No bullets and second line only is indented 5 spaces.

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Source.” Title of Container, other contributors,
version, numbers, publisher, publication date, location.




Gowdy, John. “Avoiding Self-organized Extinction: Toward a Co-evolutionary Economics of
Sustainability.” International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, vol. 14,
no. 1, 2007, pp. 27-36.

Harris, Rob, and Andrew C. Revkin. “Clinton on Climate Change.” The New York Times, 17 May
2007, www.nytimes.com/video/world/americas/1194817109438/clinton-on-climate-
change.html. Accessed 29 July 2016.


Website Citations Contain:

Last Name, First. Title of Webpage. Website Publisher, Last date updated, URL. Accessed Day
Month Year.

Dean, Cornelia. “Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet.” The New York Times, 22 May 2007,
www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science/earth/22ander.html?_r=0. Accessed 29 May 2019.

Ebert, Roger. Review of An Inconvenient Truth, directed by Davis Guggenheim. Ebert Digital
, 1 June 2006, www.rogerebert.com/reviews/an-inconvenient-truth-2006. Accessed 15
June 2019.




  • The Outline is a separate document and will be created as a MSW document. Proper MLA format for citations should be included at the end of the outline.
  • The PowerPoint Presentation is separate and will be created as a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The Citations will be included in the PowerPoint presentation as the last slide. Proper MLA format for citations is required.





  • The outline is created from the research material you have found and will be used to create the PowerPoint presentation. The outline is a separate document.  It should be in the outline form as the example provided in Unit 4.
  • It is not to be included in a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The outline is the first step in creating a presentation and will include all the resource information you will be using to create the PowerPoint.
  • The outline can be used by the presenter as notes to view when presenting the PowerPoint presentation to an audience.  It contains more detailed information on the subject and topics of each slide. It is used only as a “guide” by the presenter which can assist and guide them through the presentation. Many times, the outline is distributed to the audience members for further review at a later date or, to follow along during the presentation. The outline must provide additional details and information. It is not just a copy of the slides from the presentation.
  • You are being required to submit the outline so research material can be viewed and the additional detailed information on the topic, since you will not actually be presenting the PowerPoint.





  • The PowerPoint slides should not be in paragraph form, but with headings, short statements or sentences and item points (points of what you will be presenting).
  • The audience should not have to read long sentences or paragraphed text on the slides, but just be able to quickly view and grasp the idea or concept.  You as the presenter will elaborate on each item or topic within the slide when presenting, filling in the details.
  • Pictures, images, charts, graphs, etc. are in addition and add visual elements that help make a point, clarify, or make it more engaging to the audience. Your goal is capture and keep the audience’s attention.
  • The PowerPoint must be professional in appearance, as if you were presenting to a professional group.